Florida State has had 29 players drafted in the last three years, a record in the era of the seven-round selection process. Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett wishes more of his unit’s players would be Patriots.
“I wish they would take all my guys, because they’re about the only damn team that knows what the hell to do with them,” Trickett told Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Last year, the Patriots got former Florida State center Bryan Stork in round four. This year, they got former FSU guard Tre’ Jackson in round four.
Stork became a starter as a rookie. Jackson now has a chance to do the same thing.
“He’ll do whatever he’s got to do to help them win, and that’s the main thing,” Trickett said of Jackson. “That’s why New England wins. Guys do what the team needs. That’s what I try to raise them on. Don’t worry about the vertical jump, the broad jump, all that stuff.
“It’s more about finding a damn football player. Tre’ is a football player.”
And he’s more than that.
“He is a great guy,” Trickett said of Jackson. “He is a Patriots kind of kid. He is everything they want. He has never missed a meeting, a practice or a game here in four years. He is that kind of guy. He is a great person, has got a great family, and he’ll be a great football player. He’s got an edge on him now. He’s wanting to show people who slipped him down to the fourth round. I think they got a second-round player in the fourth round.”
Based on what Stork did last year, there’s no reason to doubt Trickett when it comes to Jackson.